The Influence of Woman’s Mastectomy on Breathing Kinematics

  • Frantisek Lopot
  • David Ravnik
  • Klara Koudelkova
  • Petr Kubovy
  • Petr StastnyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 831)


The aim of this study is to objectively determine the effect of total mastectomy on the extent of breathing movements of the thoracic and abdominal wall in the women (n = 6) who underwent this operation, compared to the breath movements of healthy women. Another aim is to find out whether there has been a symmetrical disturbance of the extent of movement between the operated and unoperated side of the chest and abdomen during breathing.

The 3D optoelectronic kinematic analyzer (Qualisys) has been used to measure the range of breathing movements. The chest mobility was measured in a calm and deep breathing. Further data on the patient’s condition were obtained through a kinesiological analysis focused on the upper half of the body.

The mastectomy affects the extent of breathing movements in women who have undergone this operation, by generally reducing the range of breathing movements on the operative side of the fuselage. For this reason, the symmetry of the range of movements (ROM) between the operated and unoperated sides during breathing is also impaired. The most striking asymmetries are present approximately on the level of 5th ribs, where the postoperative scar is also the most common. These findings have been confirmed in both quiet and deep breathing, demonstrating our claim to the need for scar care.


Respiratory movements Total mastectomy Breast cancer Scar Qualisys 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frantisek Lopot
    • 1
  • David Ravnik
    • 2
  • Klara Koudelkova
    • 1
  • Petr Kubovy
    • 1
  • Petr Stastny
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Physical Education and SportCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.University of PrimorskaLublanSlovenia

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